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  • The Blinding Knife: Lightbringer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1072)

    Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With 50,0000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

    robert says: "great book but missing content in chapter 90 and 9"
    "Awesome story, poor narrator"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Brent Weeks and/or Simon Vance?

    Absolutely


    What other book might you compare The Blinding Knife to and why?

    Its rather unique


    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance’s performance?

    The voice performance wasn't bad except for his voice for Gavin, the main character. I never imagined a heroic character that sounded like Beavis crossed with a stereotyped surfer. I kept expecting him to say "Dude". Why he chose that type of voice or performance for the main character I don't know. I almost didn't listen to this book because of it but the story was worth the effort. Simon's characterization of all the other characters was not bad but why did he make the main character sound like a marijuana smoking college brat is beyond me.


    Did The Blinding Knife inspire you to do anything?

    was it suppose too.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, The second book (Blinding Knife) has a much better narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9545)
    Performance
    (7448)
    Story
    (7422)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Think he wrote himself into a corner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Dresnan is always beat up beyond recognition and still seems to function quite well even though the story explains how he's so exhausted and in great pain beyond endurance. It never indicates he has healing ability but what is describes as being done to him then what he accomplishes does'nt quite make sense.


    What was most disappointing about Jim Butcher’s story?

    Jim Butcher seems to write his character into a bind that would be impossible to get out. Then without a real explanation of why he escapes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator does a good job except the heavy breathing that he does for the character gets annoying.


    Did Fool Moon inspire you to do anything?

    not read very many more books of his. Definately doesn't have as much planning or thought as a brandon sanderson, kevin hearne or brent weeks when putting the world and story together.


    Any additional comments?

    Average guy thats not good with women but always has sex with some hot gorgeous gal and a love interest with someone else. The sterotype that everyone in the movies is a supermodel. Granted its fantasy but there is very little believable story here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10690)
    Performance
    (9813)
    Story
    (9851)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Greatly done"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    fast well thought


    What other book might you compare Steelheart to and why?

    Steelheart is kinda like the tv series hero's, but the story doesn't stall. It keeps building till the end, then at the end you realize that there were plenty of clues you kinda guessed at but weren't sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When prof saves the two


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I like books that I can do chores and get things done. With this one I didn't want to stop but work got in the way. Definately drove home slower so I could listen longer.


    Any additional comments?

    This book sounded like hero's which was a great tv series for the first two seasons then I couldn't even watch more than the first couple episodes. I wasn't sure a good story could be told about people with super powers. Thank you Mr. Sanderson for proving me wrong. Now I'm hooked to see what happens next. Sanderson doesn't seem to take easy exits on situations. When someone is cornered he doesn't use a act of God to get them out but uses unique thought and believable writing to continue the story and add even more depth. Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8419)
    Performance
    (6254)
    Story
    (6291)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "a good finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, the book started slow but the pieces all came together at the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is decent to listen to. I'm not sure he really added anything


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's female voice and one other character were kinda off. He definitely gives a wide range of character for everyone in his voice acting. The story starts kinda slow and seems to go no where but it is a lead up to the end where everything comes together. Definitely has a few aha moments that point back to his first few books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1184)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Great book, Horrible narration"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Black Prism again? Why?

    No. The narration for the main character (Gavin) was horrible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Story wise, Gavin, narration wise, maybe Kip


    What didn’t you like about Cristofer Jean’s performance?

    Mr. Jean use a voice that is a mix between Beavis from Beavis and butthead and a stereotype surfer. I expected a dude or awesome from the way he voice the main character. I should have maybe given 3 stars for his performance on all characters was decent and his voice not that bad to listen to for the rest of the book but stoned out college student voice used for the main character really grated on the whole of the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were parts that made me smile but I'd not say I actually LOL'd


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, very much thought into the majic system, characters are varying and not stereotyped. Definately easy to get hooked into. The second book (The Blinding Knife) they got a different narrator that does a lot better job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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